The Thirteenth Doctor enters a new dimension as new spin-off podcast, Doctor Who: Redacted lands on BBC Sounds
A new ten part series Doctor Who: Redacted will begin alongside the television Easter special on April 17th, giving fans a brand new podcast of action-packed adventures ‘left’ of the much loved science-fiction series. You can find episode one of Redacted on BBC Sounds after Legend of the Sea Devils ends next week. BBC Sounds is accessible free almost everywhere in the world, so fans worldwide will be able to share the adventure.
The series will introduce new characters, Cleo Proctor (Charlie Craggs), Abby McPhail (Lois Chimimba) and Shawna Thompson (Holly Quin-Ankrah). An they’ll be alongside some familiar faces including the Doctor (Jodie Whittaker), Rani Chandra, Kate Stewart (Jemma Redgrave), Osgood (Ingrid Oliver) and Madame Vastra. The cast also includes Jacob Hawley, Ken Cheng, Doon Mackichan (Good Omens, Toast of Tinseltown) and more.
The three women behind the Blue Box Files podcast hunt for the truth behind a series of disappearances
Doctor Who: Redacted follows Cleo, Abby and Shawna – three broke university drop-outs from different cities across the UK who remain connected via their paranormal conspiracy podcast, The Blue Box Files. The trio speculate over Abby’s favourite conspiracy theory; intent on finding out the truth behind the mysterious blue box that keeps cropping up across history. What if this random police public call box was actually an alien ship?
They don’t know who the Doctor is, or if aliens are real, but are soon caught in a supernatural conspiracy as they learn that everyone the Doctor’s ever met is disappearing and being forgotten. Essentially, they’re being redacted from reality. The Blue Box Files is so unsuccessful that our heroes are the last ones to be affected by the redaction, making Cleo, Abby and Shawna the world’s only hope. Now it’s a race against time to uncover the truth
When Cleo’s brother Jordan (Jacob Hawley) gets redacted, they spend the rest of the series trying to find him. In the meantime Cleo is dealing with a mother who kicked her out for being trans when she was 16. She’s also trying to find out what happened to her Dad, who mysteriously ‘disappeared’ when she was a kid. As the series unfolds we find Abby, the resident believer, and Shawna, the sceptic, grapple with their own tribulations on the edge of a will-they, won’t-they romance, despite Abby’s controlling boyfriend.
Along the way the their adventures will be entangle them in past and current Doctor Who storylines. Redacted will feature cameos from the Doctor’s friends and allies. But also appearances from monsters and aliens, identifiable to fans and non-fans alike.
Bestselling author Juno Dawson is lead writer for Doctor Who: Redacted
Bestselling author Juno Dawson has scripted Doctor Who: Redacted alongside a host of new and experienced writing talent, with a strong emphasis on diversity and regionality. The audio drama primarily explores the relationships between ordinary people unknowingly immersed in the Doctor Who universe.
Juno Dawson, who’s also written for the Doctor Who novel range from BBC Books, described her love of Doctor Who. “Doctor Who was my first love, and it’s an absolute thrill to add to the ever-expanding mythology in podcast form for the first time ever. What a total privilege to write for something so beloved, and put my own little flag on the landscape.”
Tune in to Doctor Who: Redacted from 17th April 2022, on BBC Sounds
Doctor Who will also return to television this on the 17th April with Legend of the Sea Devils
Legend of the Sea Devils finds the Doctor (Jodie Whittaker), Yaz (Mandip Gill) and Dan (John Bishop) in 19th century China, where a small coastal village is under threat – from both the fearsome pirate queen Madame Ching (Crystal Yu) and a monstrous alien force which she unwittingly unleashes. Will the Doctor, Yaz and Dan emerge from this swashbuckling battle with the Sea Devils to save the planet?